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Lewis River WaterfallsVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2010
seattlehiker
Hiking9.89 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking9.89 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.33 mph
800 ft AEG
 
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After 20 straight days of rain, we were happy to take advantage of today's great weather to make trip to the Lewis River. With all the rain we thought we'd see some spectacular falls and we did! Arrived at the trailhead around 10 AM with only a couple cars in the day use area. As soon we stepped out of the car you could hear the roar of the falls. The first viewpoint we visited was covered in a cool mist from all the water coming off the falls. We had last visited last year in July and there was definitely a lot more water. Nothing like a great waterfall to start off the hike and get you energized! At the bridge between lower and middle falls there was work going on. There was a big pallet of supplies in the middle of the trail with a sign that said "bridge closed". Thinking we couldn't get through, we backtracked down the trail to a spot where it was close to the road and then headed up the road. At the spot where the trail to Wright Meadow crosses the road, we took that down to hook back up with the Lewis River trail. It looked like the bridge crew had used this trail to get a small tractor or ATV down to the work site. Back on the trail we made it to middle falls which was gushing as well. A short spur takes you right down to the water and boy was the water moving fast! A slip here and it's all over. We contined on upper falls. Again, a nice cool mist from the thundering falls. Just gorgeous. We continued on up to Taitnapum Falls where we had lunch. On the way back we stopped at the upper falls viewpoint at the top of the falls. Just a ton of water coming off the falls. On the way back to middle falls we finally saw other people -- couldn't believe we had the trail to ourselves up to that point. The nice couple we met told us that we could get past the work crew at the bridge. At middle falls we took the short trail up to Copper Creek falls - lots of water coming off it as well. We continued on the loop to hook back up with the Lewis River trail. Saw more people from here out. Met the work crew at the bridge. Chatted with one of the workers who was so nice. Took another look at the lower falls at the end of our hike, a little better now that sun was hiting it. Passed so many other falls along the hike today. Even had a nice shower or two in a coupe spots along the trail to cool us off. Had great views of Mt. St. Helens on the drive in and on the drive home. Just what the doctor ordered after 20 days of rain!
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